As bipolar sufferers, medications form part of our bipolar treatment and management routine.
We have all done it. We start feeling good, like the self we have always wanted to be, and the first thing to slide is taking our meds.
It is understandable to stop taking medications that make you feel like a zombie, drive you into depression, destroy your memory, take away your creativity, make you suicidal, or make you manic. But that is not what we are talking about here. We are talking about are medications that work for you. Or maybe we are talking about those meds we tried as we searched for something that worked for us. Because those meds that made us feel like crap play a part in our mindset.
The Main Reason We Stop Taking Our Medications.
Life takes over and our meds have never been a part of that life. All of a sudden, we seem to be part of life rather than someone standing on the sidelines. We get involved and busy, then we forget our meds.
But there are other reasons we stop taking the medications that work for us.
- Someone you care about tells you that you don’t need to take all those pills. You may care about that person but they don’t care about you. If they did they would encourage you to keep taking them.
- Worry about side effects. Most of us are initially put on pharmaceutical medications that can have dire long-term use side effects. This worry can be alleviated by looking for natural means to treat your bipolar with the aid of your medical team.
- Our bipolar symptoms disappeared. The thought we don’t need these meds I am cured of bipolar disorder has entered most of our minds. Then we go off our meds for a week, or a month, or longer, and we have a bipolar relapse.
The Reason to Keep Taking Our Medications When We Are Feeling Good.
There is only one good reason to keep taking the medications that work for us, to avoid a bipolar relapse. What does a bipolar relapse mean? It means our life goes back to the way it was and possibly worse than it was. Bipolar disorder once you have it does not go away. It lurks in the shadows waiting for the moment when you stop doing what you are supposed to do to take over your life again.
Taking our medication is what we are supposed to do. Not should do, but must do.
The Quote to Remember from Today.
You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. -John C. Maxwell
Please let me know in the comments about your experience with bipolar disorder and if you found this information helpful to you. Please like and share this post.
As we conclude this week’s blog post, always remember our battle with bipolar disorder is with and in our minds. Our struggle is with our illness, not with other people, places, situations, or other external things. Our goal is to develop the self-discipline to take control of our emotions, minds, and lives.
The great inspirational speaker, Jim Rohn, said:” Work harder on yourself than anything else.”
I say,” Work hard on yourself, and everything else falls into place like magic.”
Keep to the path, the hard one. The easy one does not go anywhere.
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Many other people blog on bipolar and related subjects. Mental wellness is all about knowledge and learning about ourselves. The more informed we are, the easier our struggles may be. Each week I attach a blog that I found interesting that may inform you. The following blog is another author’s work. I hope you enjoy this week’s blog created by Alfredo Vasquez.